CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW: DRUG CRIMES
Facing Drug Charges?
If you’ve been arrested on criminal drug charges, you risk losing your liberties. Our Alexandria and Fairfax criminal defense team includes an attorney with years of experience as a public defender.
We offer the following legal services with respect to a number of drug-related matters, including:
- Simple drug and marijuana possession
- First-time felony drug possession
- Marijuana residue
- Complex drug distribution
- Conspiratorial drug cases
- Recreational drug use
We’re dedicated to advising you comprehensively regarding all of your rights and available legal options. This approach includes candid and frank assessments of your case.
It is always critical in Virginia, for instance, to understand that even drug residue (e.g., cocaine powder on a dollar bill or marijuana residue on a pipe) means you can still be charged with actual possession of the drug.
On your behalf, we will work to minimize the legal exposure you face. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys advise you about your best available legal options, both in the courtroom and at the negotiating table, and then help you choose intelligently from those options.
Despite its legalization in some states, possession and use of marijuana continue to be illegal in Virginia. It is also a crime that Virginia law enforcement and state prosecutors continue to take very seriously — and we encourage you to do the same.
We have a reputation for providing aggressive defense that is focused on protecting our clients’ rights while securing the best outcome possible.
Potential Penalties for a Marijuana Conviction
Our lawyers work hard to resolve cases as quickly and painlessly as possible. This includes negotiating with prosecutors to reduce or eliminate the charges or penalties you might face. For a first offense, such penalties could include:
- A jail sentence of up to 30 days in jail
- A fine of up to $500
The penalties increase significantly if you are convicted for a second possession offense. You could face up to12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
Additional Penalties to Consider
If convicted, your criminal record will show that you were found guilty of a misdemeanor in Virginia. Such a record can trigger additional penalties outside of the court system, including difficulty securing or maintaining employment, obtaining an education, securing housing and much more.
In addition, there is a mandatory six month driver’s license suspension for an initial conviction of marijuana possession. We will do everything in our power to limit the effect your experience with the criminal justice system has on the rest of your life, including preserving your privilege to drive.
Other Marijuana Defense Services
We do not help only alleged first-time offenders protect their rights. We offer our services to anyone charged with a wide range of marijuana-related offenses, including:
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession with intent to sell or distribute
- Second or subsequent possession charges (a Class 1 misdemeanor)
- Providing marijuana to minors
When you’re ready to call, we’re ready to help. Call us at 703-836-9030, or contact us here. All communications between our firm and potential clients remain entirely confidential.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Ms. Wade has represented clients charged with a wide range of offenses from traffic offenses to serious felonies such as aggravated malicious wounding, drug distribution, and sex crimes. Ms. Wade has tried over two dozen jury trials and hundreds of bench trials. Additionally, Ms. Wade has experience handling appeals and has appeared numerous times at the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Supreme Court of Virginia, earning victories in both Courts.